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WEEK OF AUGUST 16-22, 2011

THIS WEEK'S HEADLINES:
  • PITCH WEEKEND BARTENDER AND MARK BOAT OPERATORS STILL NEEDED..
  • ELECTIONS ARE COMING, SCHEDULE DETAILED
  • BUCCANEERS' CRUISE IS THIS WEEKEND...
  • FRIDAY AT FIVE THIS FRIDAY
AND, IN OTHER NEWS:
  • TUESDAY NIGHT DINGHY RACING REORT: IT'S STARTING TO THRIVE!
  • SUCIA CRUISE REPORT
  • ANOTHER PHOTO FOR THE ROSS QUIZ
  • WHO'S GOING TO AUSTRALIA NEXT MARCH?
  • BLUE GAVEL MEETS IN SEPTEMBER!

Scroll down for the complete articles.


Sponsors: Dawn Durand Realtor  | Rasmussen Marine Electric |  Seaview North Boatyard


Bar Open: Wed-FRI 5PM - Close Bartenders: Wed & Fri Paid; Thu. McCord & Carpenter; Sat. CLOSED
Special Activities this Week: Wed: Mess deck @5:30, Burgers & Brew; Thu: CRm BYC Board WR CG Aux


WE STILL NEED YOUR BARTENDING AT PITCH!

We need BYC'ers to sign up to help with bartending at PITCH!  Here's a list of needed help:

  • Friday, Sept. 2, 1700-2200 hours         Three volunteers, two to assist the paid bartender, one volunteer to pour free beer from keg on deck (Pirate?)
  • Saturday, Sept. 3, 1600-1800 hours    Two volunteers, one to assist paid bartender, one to pour in the beer garden on the deck
  • Saturday, Sept. 3, 1800-2000 hours    Two volunteers, one to assist paid bartender, one to pour in the beer garden on the deck
  • Sunday, Sept. 4, 1500-2000 hours,      Three volunteers to work behind the bar (no paid bartender)
PITCH is our premier regatta open to other boaters and Clubs, so our volunteering at the event is high-profile.  Please sign up by contacting John Van Haalen at vhaalen@comcast.net.  Thank you so very much!



And while we're on the subject:
PITCH RACE COMMITTEE IS LOOKING FOR A FEW MORE VOLUNTEERS...

It takes approximately 20 people to staff race committee for PITCH. Right now we are a few people short. We are looking for three or four more volunteers. We especially need folks who are willing to go out on a mark-set/pin boat. No experience is necessary - we'll show you what you need to know. It's a great way to be involved in the fun of racing and spend some time on the water.

If you are interested or have any questions please send me an email at msbodtke@gmail.com or call me on my cell phone (360) 720-4155. 
 
Also we need a third support boat to use for mark setting or as a pin boat. As you probably already know, our RIB is out of commission due to a failing engine. If you have a fair size dinghy or runabout that you think would work please give me a call. Your contribution to the effort is greatly appreciated!!
Michele Bodtke
Fleet Captain/PRO 
 

Sponsors: Wilson Motors | Bellingham Yacht Sales & Charters Northwest Explorations



BUCCANEERS' CRUISE IS THIS WEEKEND AUGUST 19-20-21...

Ahoy there!  Come One, Come All to the Annual Buccaneers’ Cruise to our Inati Bay Outstation! 
  • Treasure Hunts for Buccaneers of all ages on Saturday
  • Tasty Grub from Bob “Cookie” Kehoe and his lovely galley wench, Miz Judy, on Saturday afternoon
  • “The Walrus”will sing and play our favorite jigs Saturday afternoon
  • Hula Hooping, Bocce Ball, Cribbage and Liars’ Poker, Fri., Sat., and Sun.
  • Campfire sing-alongs with Chuck and Joe of “The Walrus,”  Fri. and Sat. evenings
  •  T’is True that Buccaneers love their flashy duds—so there will be prizes for the best hat, best tee-shirts, best couple costumes, most jaunty costume, and classic Buccaneer attire.
You can see the official poster here.

Bring your mates, your crew, your land-lubbers (friends and neighbors), your young-uns, and even your relatives, but do make way to Inati Bay, rain or shine...

The Buccaneers’ Cruise is hosted by Cori and Troy Curran and a little help from their friends: the Kehoes, the Dead Pirates Society, and the Marketing Steering Committee.  Sponsors include West Marine, T.D. Curran, and Squalicum Marine...
--- Kathy Brown



COMMODORE'S REPORT: ELECTIONS ARE COMING!

It’s hard to think of fall and the coming new BYC year with all of this warm summer sunshine, but believe it or not, elections are just 5 short weeks away.  Your Nominations Committee is hard at work looking for potential candidates to present at the Nominations Meeting on 7 September.  Are you interested in serving the BYC in a greater way?  Serving on the board has been rewarding, educational, fun, and yes, sometimes exasperating, but I wouldn’t have changed a thing and I’m very happy for the years I’ve served.  I urge you to get involved as well.  Please contact one of the members of the Nominations Committee to learn more…
This weekend is the Buccaneer’s Cruise to Inati Bay, hosted by VC Troy and Cori Curran.  This is a cruise for all ages with fun activities planned for everyone, so gather up the kids and come have some fun.   Garufa will be there, and I hope you will too.

At your service,
Commodore Michele  commodore@byc.org


Sponsors: San Juan Sailing & Yachting |  Mike McGlenn, Surveyor | Phil Dyer, Realtor


IMPORTANT NOTICE!  
 
Here is the Election Schedule…

It’s time to start thinking about elections and who you would like to see on your Board for the 2011/2012 year.  We will have openings for 4 Trustees and a Fleet Captain.  Job descriptions for these positions can be found in the BYC By-laws (Articles X and XII), as well as a detailed outline of the election procedures (Article IX, Section 3).

On Wednesday, 7 September, a Nominations Meeting will be held.  Candidates who have chosen to run will be announced and nominations from the floor will also be accepted.

On Wednesday, 14 September, a ‘Meet the Candidates’ night will take place at the BYC.  Candidates, who have decided to run, and have met the qualifications, will be on hand to answer questions and introduce themselves to the membership.

Finally, on Wednesday, 21 September, elections will take place.  Ballots will be mailed to each voting member and they can either be mailed in or returned in person on election night.  Results will be tallied that evening and winners announced.

If you are interested in serving as an officer or on the Board of Trustees, please see the story above.  Thanks!




STEVE ROSS'S CONTEST THIS WEEK: 

Bob and Jane Simica correctly identified the Cliffs of Moher in last week’s photo.
 
Most of you have seen this week’s place on the big screen – but it is NOT Braveheart’s Castle!

Send your guesses about what they are to Steve Ross at steve.ross@wwu.edu.

Keep up the Fun and Games:  If you have something to contribute to the Jib Sheet, send it to jibsheet@byc.org


Sponsors: Squalicum Marine  |  The Landings @ Colony Wharf  Tri County Diesel Marine


YES, THERE IS A FRIDAY AT FIVE THIS WEEK!

Friday, August 19th – A ‘pre’ Buccaneer Cruise Friday’s at Five!

For those not going to Inati Bay Friday night, we’re having our regularly scheduled F@5.  THEN – off to the Buccaneer Cruise on Saturday!
 
Please bring appetizers!
--- Steve Moore




NEWS FROM THE BAR...

Monday Night Football @ The BYC is coming up in September
Well, the NFL strike is over and it’s “Game On” for Monday Night Football at the BYC.  This year it will be kept simple with $1.50 Polish Sausage, $0.50 Bag of Chips, and Stella on tap at $2.75 pint.  If some BYC Cooks want to take it on, perhaps there will be something a bit more interesting, ( tacos, steak??).  There is talk of some friendly games of chance each week and for the overall season.  We’re thinking it about time proceeds going towards a “Cruising Fleet Beverage fund”.  More to follow…
--- Jonathan Knowles, Bar Manager



PACRIM UPDATE...

Who's Going to Australia Next March?
[I don't think we ever reported the committee's choices.  Here's the story -- Ed.]

Thank you to all of the applicants for their support and interest in the Pacific Rim Regatta.  Your selection committee has reviewed all of the applications and is pleased to announce Team Bellingham for the upcoming Pacific Rim Regatta 2012 in Port Stephens, Australia next March
 
Representing the Bellingham Yacht Club, Bellingham Sister Cities, the City of Bellingham and the USA are: 
  • Sailors: Terry Tavelli, Jonathan Knowles, Mike Welsh, Steve Racich, Keturah Witter, Brian Lawrence
  • Ambassadors:   Marian Welsh, Dawn Durand, Joe Bartlett, Bob Snowball, Carol Snowball, Jane Sylvester, Dick Vetter, Mary Jane Vetter, John Gargett, Patti Gargett, Karen Callery, Alan Callery, Tapio Holma, Brend Holma.
Congratulations!
--- Karen Callery, Bellingham Sister Cities Representative to Port Stephens
--- Michele Bennett, Commodore BYC and Pac Rim Selection Committee Chair


Sponsors: Special-T Striping & Sign | Chuck McCord, Realtor | West Coast Marine Services



TUESDAY NIGHT DINGHY RACING REPORT:
 
We started Tuesday Night Dinghy Racing in 2003 to compliment the Junior Learn to Sail Program on the grounds that if we didn’t have follow up program for young sailors that they would probably quit.  In that year we had as many as 8 boats on the water, mainly Bytes and Optis.
 
The following year the adults got involved and we had up to 12 boats, mostly Lasers on the water. We built the Laser dock and most of the slots were filled. 2004/2005 was the peak, thereafter there was a decline with sometimes only 3 or 4 boats on the water, at other times as many as 10. So it went on. Only two of the Junior Sailors (Brennan Ashton and Lily Grimshaw) kept racing, the rest were adults.  Dale and Virginia Jepson showed keen interest in supporting this racing program. Men dominated the course, with Mike Poulos and Randy Nulle being the leaders.  Then Maureen Ryan came on the scene and she started beating the men, and soon Lily (whose skills increased with age, height and weight) was beating them all. 
 
Steve Kersey took over the Learn to Sail Program and over a few years started producing more young sailors who got involved with the racing program.  This year the fleet is dominated by the under eighteens and we regularly have 10 or more boats on the course.  This last Tuesday we had 9 boats on the water – all Juniors.  Not racing were five stalwart adults (busy with other things) making a fleet total of 14 boats.
 
The increase in Junior sailors, most of whom have their own Lasers, is mainly due to the High School Sailing program that has been admirably coached by Scott Wilson.  It appears that the three times a week high school coaching program has really encouraged young sailors to get serious.  They socialize, train, and go to regattas together, where they perform well, often taking first place.  This has engendered a real interest in sailing and as a result a number of the better High School sailors have bought their own boats.  Their skills are developing quickly and I am sure will be proven fine sailors and racers.  When Michael Klepps returns from his “Inside Passage” voyage (currently he has passed Wrangel Island and still heading north) with his new wife in a 15 foot dinghy he will find some very stiff competition!!
 
On reflection it seems that the adult demand is fairly constant (about five boats) and we have a growing number of Juniors that should grow as the High School team expands.  Next year we could have as many as 20 boats on the water if all show up!  Thus far the interest has been in racing Lasers – hopefully next year we can get a program going that will bring Optis and our new FJ fleet out on the water.  To achieve this we need a new approach – one that reflects the traits that have helped the High School Sailing Team to expand and succeed.
---Dick Grimshaw
 

BLUE GAVEL MEETING DATE, TIME SET...

The BYC Past Commodores/Blue Gavel Chapter will be meeting on September 22 at the BYC Clubhouse, starting with cocktails at 1730.  Contact P/C Karen Callery (catspaw@cssnw.net) for more information.
--- Steve Ross
 


SUCIA CRUISE REPORT
 
August 5-7, BYC members enjoyed a fun and memorable cruise on Echo Bay at Sucia Island.  The Hawaiian-luau themed activities included dressing up in leis, grass skirts, straw luau hats and swim suits.  Everyone hooped it up in the hula hooping contest and the prizes were awarded to Katy Day, Jack Santosuosso and Sterling Taylor.  Most unique technique award went to Sterling who could hula hoop on one leg and sip her punch all at the same time.  Others played bocce ball and the luau ended with a blazing campfire. 
 
The luau potluck dinner at the reserved picnic shelter was so delicious with teriyaki chicken, sweet and sour meatballs, rice, salads, fresh fruit and a fabulous tropical punch.
 
A big thank you to all those who attended this event.  Special thanks to Katy, Mark and Jack Santosuosso for providing many water taxis back and forth to our boats and shore with our luau supplies and for contributions to the luau and Sunday brunch.  Thanks to Al and Karen Callary for there help in the luau prep.  Thanks to Jose for grilling up the chicken so well. 
 
There were 2 boats that "raced" over to Sucia from Bellingham, Blackfoot took 1st place and Tequila took 2ND, then their crew joined us for the luau festivities.  Later Saturday evening after participating in the Shaw Island Regatta, the crew of Sunstar & Amore' joined us at the campfire and Sunday brunch.   
 
Jim and I had a blast helping to plan this event and were so excited to cruise to one of the most beautiful San Juan Islands.  Spectacular weather, good times and laughter were shared by all who attended.  We hope to continue making this an annual event and spread the word a little sooner next year so more folks can plan to attend.
 
Here's to future fun-filled BYC cruises,
Angie and Jim Santosuosso


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